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The pronounciation of “e” is so confusing!

I was told that the first e in "leben" or "stehen" or "sehr" are pronounced like the e in "pet (Eng.)" . However, all German singers and speakers seem to pronounce it like the i in "Licht (Ger.)", ...
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The loanwords of which languages are to be faithfully pronounced when speaking German?

I have the impression that – unlike English (where you say Euler as Yuler, or better yet, bruschetta as [/brʊˈʃɛtə/]), European Spanish (where one pronounces Wi-Fi as guifi) or French (Bounty as buntý)...
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German words database

I'm searching any good database about German words (substantives currently, but a more comprehensible database will go down well also), with, almost, the following information: Word name: in ...
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Are horizontal and horicontal pronounced the same in German?

In this question in English Language and Usage, there is an enquiry about a spelling mistake that appears in certain technical papers that are of German authorship but are written in English. My ...
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How is “Parameter” pronounced?

Is it /paˈraːmetɐ/ or /paraˈmeːtɐ/? In other words, which syllable is stressed?
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Wie sprechen die Salzburger den Namen ihrer Stadt aus?

Es geht mir um den Buchstaben g in Salzburg. Auf Forvo habe ich mir die Aussprache zweier Österreicher angehört, die /g/ sagen; aber die beiden wohnen nicht in Salzburg. Wie sagen die Salzburger das? ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of “Nichts” and “Nics”?

Often I hear different pronunciations for the word Nichts Some people pronounce it as Nics (Well, it sounds like "Nics".) Does it make any difference? Is this a different dialect? Is it ...
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Pronunciation of [ʃ] vs. [s]

Why, for example, is Kunst pronounced [ˈkʊnst] and not [ˈkʊnʃt], yet the st in Einstein is pronounced [ˈaɪnˌʃtaɪn]? Is there a rule governing when it is [ʃ] vs. [s]?
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Why doesn't the “d” in “wird” sound more like the “d” in “würd(e)”?

I'm listening to audio tapes (German with Michel Thomas) where the instructor stresses the t sound for the he/she/it conjugation of werden, i.e. Er wird [...] To me this sounds like veert. ...
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Aussprache von Diphthongen beim Singen

Ich habe gelernt, beim Singen einen langgezogenen Vokal folgendermaßen auszusprechen: au als aaaaaaaaaa-o ei als aaaaaaaaaa-e Ich weiß aber nicht, wie es bei einem eu zu handhaben ist. Ist Feuer ...
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When should I use these two pronunciations of r?

I read the following in a textbook: In the German-speaking world of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, there are two distinct ways of pronouncing r. One way is the rolled r as is heard in ...
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What is the difference in pronunciation of the letters E and I?

I watched a few videos on the German alphabet, like these two: 1, 2. It seems that the difference between E and I is very subtle – both sound like the English ee to me. How do I make sure I pronounce ...
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Where do you place the stress in the word?

Every dictionary I have seen says stress an in angeblich. Yet often, I hear angeblich. Does it matter? Are there rules? Or is it dialect? Similarly, ausführlich or ausführlich? One dictionary says the ...
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Does a “A free online Talking Dictionary of German Pronunciation” exist?

It helps me out a lot to hear how a word is pronounced in order to remember. I often use Duden, but sometimes it does not provide an audio recording of the word I´m looking for. Other dictionaries ...
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Are “Xylofon” and “xenophob” really pronounced with /ks/?

Pronunciation dictionaries suggest that words beginning with x, such as Xylofon and xenophob, should be pronounced with /ks/. This sounds awkward every time I try. How common is it for real-life ...
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How is “tr” pronounced?

In my dialect of English, we pronounce tr like chr (IPA: [t͡ʃɹ]; like tsch if using the German spelling of the sound). Tree is pronounced chree. Train is pronounced Chrain. Track is pronounced ...
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War die deutsche Bühnenaussprache jemals gesetzlich vorgeschrieben?

In einer früheren Version dieser Antwort zu einer nur wenig verwandten Frage meinte Takkat: Diese, damals teilweise gesetzlich verordnete Bühnensprache wurde aber in weiten Teilen Deutschlands ...
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Ursprung der stimmhaften Aussprache von <s>

In zahlreichen Büchern über historische Sprachstufen des Deutschen (z. B. Alt- und Mittelhochdeutsch von Bergmann/Pauly/Moulin) wird darauf hingewiesen, dass die beiden Grapheme <s> und <z> ...
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Why is the stress of lebendig on the second syllable?

The pronunciation of lebendig lies on the second syllable, which does not follow the stress rules. It has no suffix that would change stress from the root word (that is, -ig), nor such a prefix (the ...
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How to pronounce the German R?

I've tried many methods on the Internet but I still can't vibrate my tongue at all. I've tried gargling, biting a stick, etc. But weeks and months passed, none of them worked! I know German people ...
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Is there a difference in pronunciation between “ist” and “isst”?

Is there a difference in pronunciation between "ist" -be (3p. sing) and "isst" -eat (3p. sing)? EDIT: I posted the second part as an independent question
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Milch? Milsh? Why the pronunciation difference?

I'm working my way through the Pimsleur German series, and I've noticed that one of the speakers has what seems to me a strange pronunciation of the word Milch. He pronounces the ch like the sh sound ...
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Difference in pronunciation of “Er” vs. “Ihr”

I'm currently learning German with Duolingo. In some of the lessons and daily practices, I have to listen to a recorded voice and type the German words that are spoken. I seem to continually get ...
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W → V, V → F. Why do German speakers wrongly transpose rather than shift when speaking English?

If German "W" is pronounced like an English "V" and German "V" is pronounced like an English "F" i.e. W → V V → F Why is it that I continually hear German speakers pronounce their (English) ...
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Deutsche Werbungen für Akzent-Verbesserung

Ich möchte an meinem deutsches Akzent arbeiten. Ich möchte Werbungen auf Deutsch finden und danach versuchen, den/die SprecherIn einer Werbung zu imitieren. Zum Beispiel (auf Englisch): LinkedIn ...
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Why is “-kai” in “Handelskai” pronounced “-ki”?

There is a street and U-Bahn station in Vienna called Handelskai. Over the speakers in subway and busses I always hear it pronounced like "Handelski". However, other "Kais" (eg. "Franz-Josefs-Kai") ...
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How do I pronounce a B, D, or G before an E at the end of a word?

I've been wondering about this for some words such as "Tage" Is it pronounced Tah-kuh or Tah-guh?
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Gibt es ein Minimalpaar für die beiden deutschen ch-Laute (ç und χ)?

Ich suche (aus reiner Neugierde) zwei deutsche Worte, deren Aussprache sich nur durch einen Austausch der folgenden beiden Laute unterscheidet: [χ] – ch wie in Bach, Buch, doch [ç] – ch wie in ich, ...
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How are mathematical expressions of this kind read in German (with fraction and root)?

        My guesses are: ein fünfte Wurzel aus a plus c Quadrat-tel / ein Kubikwurzel aus p-tel eins durch fünfte Wurzel aus a plus c Quadrat / eins durch ...
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Problem differentiating between [i:] and [e:]

I am trying to learn proper pronunciation and so far it is not problematic however since most is very consistent (at least for now), but I have a problem differentiating between the [i:] (long i) and [...
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Gibt es eine genormte Aussprache für Standard-Deutsch?

In letzter Zeit erschienen hier mehrere Fragen, die erkennen ließen, dass die Fragesteller von einer bestimmten Annahme ausgingen. Sie gingen davon aus, dass es für jedes Wort der deutschen Sprache ...
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Correct pronunciation of number words ending in -g? Such as “zwanzig” [duplicate]

What is the correct pronunciation of words ending in -g? Such as: heftig zwanzig lustig and so on... In many films and TV series I heard something like "lustich", "zwanzich" and so forth, however, ...
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Pronunciation of Brötchen

In my family, we never pronounced Brötchen with a long ö, but rather a sound reminiscent of a diphthong oi or öi. In any case, Brötchen with a long ö sounds totally alien and unfamiliar to me. But ...
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Wie wird der Vokal in „Genus“ ausgesprochen?

Wiktionary bietet zwei unterschiedliche Aussprachen für den Vokal im Wort „Genus“: /ˈɡɛnʊs/ (wie „Bett“) /ˈɡeːnʊs/ (wie „Meer“) Bei dict.cc und LEO werden die Hörbeispiele nur mit /ɛ/ ...
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How to pronounce “Er”? [closed]

Why is "er" sometimes pronounced /e/ as in: Er schläft and sometimes pronounced /eːɐ/ as in: Er ist gelb.
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Why is “Vater” spelt with 'V' when it is pronounced like 'father'?

I know that 'V' in the German alphabet is for "Vau" and 'F' is "Eff". Then why are we using 'V' instead of 'F' in German for "Vater"? Similar to the English "father" I would have expected it to be ...
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The tiny difference of pronunciation in german suffix

I am always puzzled about the pronunciation of the german suffix '-e' and '-er'. What I want so say is, that I could not hear the difference between them clearly if it were not for the article that ...
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Hatten das runde „s“ und das lange „ſ“ die gleiche Aussprache?

Gab es einen Unterschied in der Aussprache von rundem „s“ und langem „ſ“, oder war der Unterschied nur typographisch?
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How is “IT” pronounced in German? [eye-tee] or [ee-tay]?

I have worked in the IT (Information Technology) industry in Germany for over 15 years. I have always heard the acronym "IT" pronounced as in English [eye-tee], even when speaking in German. My ...
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When is “sch” spoken like “sh” and when like “s” “ch”?

Regarding the words like Hose, Dose, Rose the pronunciation of the diminutive (Höschen, Döschen, Röschen) is with an explicit "s" phoneme. Opposite to the usual "sch" pronunciation. Is this a rule? (...
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Kann man die Zahl 100 (bzw. 1.000, 1.000.000) nur als “hundert” lesen?

Es sind 100 Schüler in meinem Gymnasium, die dieses Jahr einen Abschluss machen werden. Wie liest man diesen Satz? (a) Es sind hundert Schüler in meinem Gymnasium, … (b) Es sind ein hundert ...
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Listening practice for long vs. short vowels

I'm looking for good resources or exercises for practicing recognizing long vs. short vowels. Minimal pair recordings in "quiz" format would be ideal. I know when reading whether a vowel should be ...
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How to pronounce the ending -ig if it has another consonant after it?

Or more specifically, in the case of the small Austrian village "Obergnigl", is it pronounce: /obergnɪçl/ or /obergnɪgl/
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Pronunciation of Pommes Frites

When I first saw Pommes Frites I assumed the es would be pronounced, but it mostly seems like speakers say: pohm freet Rather than my initial assumption of something like: pohm-ez freet-z Why are ...
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Why is “Zeile” but not “Zeiger” differently pronounced in the south?

For both nouns there is a similar pronunciation of "-ei-" in standard German: Zeile: [ˈʦaɪ̯lə] Zeiger: [ˈʦaɪ̯ɡɐ] When people in some southern German regions try to speak non-dialect German the ...
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What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?

German Science Reader by Charles Frederick Kroeh is a book on learning scientific German. However, I learn better aurally. What are some good audio resources for learning scientific German?
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Pronunciation of short German ü

Is a short ü (notated [ʏ] and found in 'Rücken' or 'gefüllt' or 'fünf') pronounced like (obviously except in duration): (1) a long ü ([y] / 'üben' or 'früh') or (2) a long ö ([ø] / 'schön' ...
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Wie werden Lehnwörter aus dem Französischen ausgesprochen?

z. B. Chance, Engagement Werden sie wie im Französischen ausgesprochen oder gibt es eine deutsche Aussprache?
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Warum heißt es “Tragikomödie” und nicht “Tragikkomödie”?

Das Wort setzt sich ja zusammen aus "Tragik" und "Komödie". Ich sehe nicht, weshalb da ein k wegfallen sollte. Meines Wissens wird das Wort auch mit doppeltem k gesprochen (also so, wie wenn man "...
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Schreibweise und Aussprache von aus dem Englischen stammenden Akronymen im Plural

Ich bin mir nicht sicher, ob Akronyme, die von der englischen Sprache entlehnt sind, im Plural mit oder ohne "-s" am Ende geschrieben und ausgesprochen werden. Ich selbst verwende in der ...